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bryce28 Wrote: If the Court of Appeals says the judge is correct, how would that work exactly? Can a single state operate as if the ACA is unconstitutional while the rest of the country does not? Or is this judge trying to set a legal precedent solely to get the entire country to label the ACA unconstitutional?
It just depends. If the Fifth Circuit upholds the judges ruling and the Supreme Court doesn't issue an immediate stay then, for lack of a better saying, all s*it will hit the fan. Appeals Courts are supposed to only have oversight of states in their districts, but Obamacare is a law that affects every single American, so I'd be shocked if the Supreme Court would allow the ruling to stand pending appeal.
However, if the Supreme Court agrees with the Fifth Circuit and throws Obamacare out then all bets are off. The health insurance industry will be thrown into absolute chaos and average Americans will be the ones dealing with the consequences of the ruling.
I can envision blue states immediately moving to pass laws from keeping the status quo to enacting single-payer while red states return to the pre-Obamacare era of allowing health insurance companies to do whatever they want with little to zero oversight. Your zip code will effectively determine the type of health coverage you get and whether you have a right to health coverage at all.
We're a long way from that scenario, but it's an actual possibility for the first time since the Supreme Court largely upheld the law back in 2012.